According to a March 12, 2021 report from Time, “COVID-19 has never been brought fully under control in Brazil, but the transmission is now at an all time high, and on Mar. 5 Brazil accounted for 30% of new daily cases globally. Even though state and local governments have imposed social distancing and lockdowns across much of the country, many say the president’s criticism of such restrictions has fostered resistance to them from his supporters.
“The wide spread of COVID-19 across Brazil has allowed the virus to mutate and led to the emergence of new, more immune-resistant and infectious strains, including the P1 variant which was first reported in the Amazonian city of Manaus in late 2020. Scientists say P1 is twice as infectious as earlier strains of the virus and it seems to be better at evading immune response, meaning that antibodies developed by people who caught earlier versions of COVID-19 are less effective against the new strain. Vaccine makers are testing the efficacy of their shots against P1. Lab tests show the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford University/Astra Zeneca vaccines are effective against it. Scientists at Brazilian research institute Fiocruz said March 4 that “variants of concern”, including P1, have become dominant in six of eight states they studied.”
According to information released by the Ministry of Health, vaccinations started on January 18, 2021, with the doses distributed among Brazilian states and made available by SUS (Brazilian Public Healthcare System) that relies on subsidies from federal and state governments for administration.
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COVID-19 vaccine considerations for Brazil
- Can employers mandate the vaccine?
- Who will control delivery of the vaccine?
- Who covers the cost of the vaccine?
- Where will people get vaccinated?
- Is there cultural resistance to getting the vaccine?
Moderate, recent surveys have shown that the number of people wanting to get vaccinated has increased from December/2020 to January/2021, being around 79%.
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Page last modified: March 14, 2021
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